Thank you to
Douglas Beath (Tasmania, formerly Edinburgh)
for examining the detail in this photograph and helping me to date it as
being immediately post-war; around 1946 He tells me:
1. It is not pre-war because overhead line
troughs, and then pans (as here), were installed to avoid the trolley
arcing during the blackout.
2. It is post-war because the tram's
headlamp mask has been removed.
3. Around 1946, the 'Q THIS SIDE' signs (as
on the right-hand side of this picture) were introduced.
4. It is post-war, because poles are being
repainted. That is the reason for the temporary fences on the poles.
(Presumably during the war, there were higher priorities to be attended to
than painting the poles.)